November 9, 2014 5:30:00 pm
Naseeruddin Shah, one of India’s finest actors, says he might write a handbook for training young actors.
The ‘Finding Fanny’ star, who was here to attend an event organised to celebrate the success of his book ‘And Then One Day – A Memoir’, said training given to amateur actors in India is wrong and harmful.
“I have been wanting to write a handbook for training of actors… I am not good at writing fiction. So, I probably stick to non-fiction. My book will be on how to train yourself as an actor.
“Because most of the training given to actors in India I think is quite wrong and some of it is very harmful. I have seen a lot of acting schools in Delhi and Mumbai, and the way they conduct their classes. I don’t agree with that way of training actors,” he said.
Asked if he is also planning to write the second part of his autobiography, the 64-year-old actor said, “I don’t think I will write the second part because the most interesting part of my life I had already written. I don’t think the remaining days are so interesting to write about.”
The veteran actor, who did not have an amicable relationship with his father, said his brothers had anxieties that the actor would launch a tirade against him, but their fears evaporated after reading it.
“Both my brothers had anxieties that my book might become very negative attack on my father, but they were very happy when they read the book and found that their fears were not right,” he said.
Apart from his brothers, his children read the book. His wife Ratna Pathak Shah found it very funny and entertaining.
“They liked it. All of them have read it. My wife had read it very late, and she found it very funny and entertaining,” he said.
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